The UMBC women's basketball team became part of an exclusive club yesterday, one it had no interest in joining.
Mount St. Mary's added UMBC to the short list of schools it has beaten 20 times, getting 18 points from senior guard Amy Langville and 17 from sophomore forward Megan Gardiner in a 63-52 victory over the host Retrievers.
Before yesterday, only Loyola College had gone down that many times to the Mount, which improved its series record against UMBC to 20-3.
Gardiner scored 13 of her points in the first half, and finished with eight rebounds. Senior guard Nikki Schroyer added 12 points and 12 rebounds.
The Mount was ahead from the start, scoring the game's first 15 points before UMBC (1-1) went on a 12-2 run. Center Monica Logan (10 points, 13 rebounds), a 6-foot sophomore, ended the Retrievers' drought with a basket with 9: 49 left in the half, and freshman forward Allyson Sieka made a three-pointer.
UMBC failed on its first 10 attempts, but ended the half shooting 39 percent (9-for-23) from the field.
"We knew they'd come out in a matchup zone, so we had to get the ball inside, and I think we were a little tentative. We just weren't attacking the seams," said UMBC coach Kathy Solano. "I never expected us to come out so cold in our own building."
A baseline jumper by UMBC junior Kendra Damann (13 points) with 50 seconds left in the half closed the Mount's lead to 26-21, but Gardiner hit from the outside and freshman Vera Feldbusch scored at the buzzer off a turnover to stretch the margin to nine points.
UMBC would get no closer than six in the second half. It nearly had the lead down to three with a minute remaining, but sophomore Nicole Johnson's shot from beyond the arc rattled out.
"Our defense was pretty darn good at the beginning, but Kathy [Solano] took us out of our offense. We had a difficult time running it the last three-fourths of the game," said Mount St. Mary's coach Bill Sheahan, whose team opened its season with Sunday's 73-58 victory at Radford.
The Retrievers were coming off Saturday's 51-50 upset of Cleveland State, when Sieka scored their last seven points.
There was nothing to suggest yesterday's game would be close. UMBC has no seniors and two freshman point guards, while the Mount is fresh off a 21-win season and looking for its ninth consecutive Northeast Conference title.
"I'm very happy with the savvy some of my young kids are showing," Solano said.
Pub Date: 11/27/96